Design for staying cool

| Jun 24, 2010

Design for staying cool

by Jean Snow

Fans of a natural breeze One of the most innovative releases over the past year in terms of electric fans has to be Dyson’s bladeless Air Multiplier fan, which, despite its odd appearance, works just as advertised, pushing a surprisingly strong flow of air ...

Smart, seasonal and celebratory

| May 27, 2010

Smart, seasonal and celebratory

by Jean Snow

Nature is served Designer Nao Tamura’s Seasons containers were so well received at last month’s Milan Salone — the be-all and end-all of annual design events — that they won the SaloneSatellite Award. Finding inspiration in the traditional Japanese technique of serving food on ...

Everything is not as it seems

| Apr 29, 2010

Everything is not as it seems

by Jean Snow

Nendo gains weight in Milan The annual design superfest known as the Milano Salone was held earlier this month in Italy, and although Oki Sato is no stranger to the event it was an especially grand year for the designer and his firm Nendo. ...

Stationery players to watch

| Mar 25, 2010

Stationery players to watch

by Jean Snow

A handkerchief not to be sniffed at Mike and Yuri Ableton’s Postalco returns to the column with a brand new collection that once again sends all the right messages. A diverse array of goods, the releases include a rain cape, new editions of their ...

Warm hearts and home comforts

| Feb 25, 2010

Warm hearts and home comforts

by Jean Snow

Niimi stand goes to pot If there’s one thing the current cold weather streak has us begging for it’s a steaming hot meal, and nothing works that magic better than a big old nabe (hotpot). The perfect accessory for such a dish would have ...

Now's the time to celebrate design

| Oct 29, 2009

Now's the time to celebrate design

by Jean Snow

Don’t miss Design Week This year, Tokyo Designers Week conveniently kicks off on a Friday — previous years have always seen a Wednesday start — ensuring visitors can make the most of the weekend and the national holiday on Tuesday. Leading the pack is ...

Summertime designs run hot and cool

| Jul 30, 2009

Summertime designs run hot and cool

by Jean Snow

Recovered crests Thailand-based designer Craig Anczelowitz has been on an amazing mission to modernize the traditional hand-made stationery from Japanese maker Awagami, fusing a Western aesthetic with the company’s traditional craftsmanship through the “Awagami +1″ line. The latest addition is Kamon, a collection of ...